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(WZZM)- This weekend is all about supporting your West Michigan community.

One way you can do just that is by attending the Local First Street Party on Saturday, which is celebrating its tenth year this year.

Local Firstis a group that supports local businesses, also celebrating its tenth year.

The Street Party will give you a chance to experience some of the best food, drink, and music, all homegrown right here in West Michigan.

That's all going on Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight outside of Bistro Bella Vita on Grandville Avenue in Downtown Grand Rapids.

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The Grand Rapids Public Libraryis teaming up withGrand Rapids Childrens Museum for a fun way to get kids back to the books during these summer months.

The Construction Truck Petting Zoo kicks off the Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge with a slew of construction vehicles from the Kent County Road Commission as well as vehicles from six other cities.

Saturday, kids will be able to see these trucks up close and personal, and they'll learn a thing or two while they're at it. There will also be hands-on activities and snacks.

The Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge is organized to help prevent summer reading loss. Studies show only 300 minutes of reading during the summer months will help children mainting their reading skills while out of school.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Grab a bite at the Kielbasa Idol competition at Pulaski Park this Saturday. Nine local vendors will be battling for two top honors, "People's Choice" and "Judges Choice" for West Michigan's best Kielbasas.

This is the third annual event. WZZM 13's Stacia Kalinoski and Alana Nehring will be guest judges at the event.

For just $5 you can sample all of the meats. Organizers say they expect vendors to bring a combined 1,000 pounds of Kielbasa.

There will also be live polka music for your enjoyment.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Tasting starts at 6:30 p.m. At 8:00 p.m. the winners will be crowned.

Proceeds will support the food pantry at St. Mary's Church, which currently serves over 100 families.

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The Fulton Street Artisan's Market begins its summer season this Sunday.

Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., local vendors will bring their pieces of art to display and sell. You will see everything from jewelry, woodwork, glass pieces, acrylics, so much more.

For more information, visit the market's website.

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